[kepler-dev] Naming Conventions for Actors?

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Wed Apr 4 08:15:22 PDT 2007

    Thank you for pointing me into the right direction. How excellent!  
I am very familiar with the naming convention of CamelCase names. I,  
however, did not remember the phrase "Camel Case," although I had  
heard it before.

    I need to explore a bit more before I ask a question like this. In  
both cases where I couldn't find documentation (that is when I needed  
the *.doc version of Getting Started and when I needed the Software  
Development Guidelines) they were available from the main website.

    My main question was why some actor's names are "LikeThis" while  
others are "Like This." I will start exploring the Software  
Development Guidelines in about 30 days. After that, I will probably  
either find my answer or ask this question again when I have the  
framework to ask it in a clearer manner.

    Regardless, thank you for pointing me in the right direction. It  
is greatly appreciated.

Warmest Regards,

Glen Jarvis
glen at glenjarvis.com

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -M. Gandhi

Hi Glen,
There are a couple of different issues here, I can address the Ptolemy
issues.  Kepler uses Ptolemy, so some of the actors are Ptolemy

Ptolemy has a style guide at
that says that Java classes and variables should use CamelCase names.
We don't abbreviate words, so the words should be complete words.

Parameters can have a Java name and a separate display name that can
have spaces.

Kepler has similar, though slightly different styles, see

I'm not that sure about the style of the Kepler Guide.

In the Ptolemy design docs, I usually stick with the Java  
CamelCasename, but that is because I'm a Java programmer, so I write for
other Java programmers.  The Kepler docs could easily use a different


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